Aggies, Horns Meet in Top-10 Showdown

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HUNTSVILLE -- The No. 9 Texas A&M baseball team will be looking to solidify its postseason opportunities this weekend when it plasy No. 5 Texas in a three-game split series.

The first game of the series will be at 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field in College Station and will be televised by FOX Sports Net. The series then shifts to Austin and Disch-Falk Field for Saturday’s 6:05 p.m. contest and Sunday’s game at 2:00 p.m.

Winners of nine of their last 11 games, the Aggies enter the final installment of the 2007 State Farm Lone Star Showdown with a record of 41-12 overall and 13-10 in Big 12 play.

Needing just one win to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season championship, The Longhorns are 39-14 and 18-6 in the Big 12. The series is the first since 2004 in which both teams were nationally-ranked.

Since the Big 12 began in 1997, A&M is 8-8 against the Horns at Olsen Field and 3-13 at Dish-Falk Field.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, May 18

Texas at Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m.

Olsen Field

(Televised by FOX Sports Net)

Saturday, May 19

Texas A&M at Texas – 6:05 p.m.

Disch-Falk Field

Sunday, May 20

Texas A&M at Texas – 2:00 p.m.

Disch-Falk Field

TICKETS

Tickets are still available for Friday’s game and can be purchased by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE or 845-2311, online at www.12thmanfoundation.com, or in person at the Kyle Field or Reed Arena ticket windows. All available seats are general admission at this time. Ticket windows at Olsen Field will open Friday at 3 p.m. and a limited number of reserved seats, mostly consisting of limited view seats, will be available for purchase. The gates at Olsen Field will open at 5 p.m. on Friday.

RADIO

All Texas A&M baseball games will be broadcast live on WTAW AM-1620. Dave South, The Voice of the Aggies, will call the action and will be assisted throughout the season by Tom Turbiville, Chuck Glenewinkel, Scott Clendenin, and Gabe Bock. The pre-game show will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of each game.

AGGIE ALL-ACCESS

Fans who are unable to attend Texas A&M’s home games can watch them live on the internet. Aggie All-Access will provide a live video and audio stream of all of the Aggies’ home games in 2007. Aggie All-Access is a free membership site that can be accessed by logging onto www.AggieAthletics.com.

POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

Kyle Nicholson - Senior - RHP

11-1, 1.74 ERA, 21 App., 8 GS, 103.2 IP, 79 H, 16 BB, 86 K, .212 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Nicholson threw his second complete game of the year in the Aggies’ 4-2 series-opening win over K-State last weekend. He allowed six hits and walked two, while striking out nine hitters. He escaped a bases-loaded jam with one run already scored in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.

Career Game-by-Game vs. Texas

Date Opponent GS IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR WP BK HBP IBB

May 21, 2004 at Texas 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

May 27, 2004 vs TEXAS 0.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

May 20, 2005 Texas 1.2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

May 21, 2005 at Texas 4.1 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Apr 30, 2006 Texas * 8.1 9 6 5 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 0

Career Stats vs. Texas

Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO

2004.... 13.50 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 0.2 0 2 1 0 0

2005.... 0.00 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 6.0 2 1 0 0 6

2006.... 5.40 0-1 1 1 0 0/0 0 8.1 9 6 5 1 4

TOTAL... 3.60 0-1 5 1 0 0/0 0 15.0 11 9 6 1 10

GAME 2

David Newmann - Junior - LHP

9-1, 3.32 ERA, 14 App., 14 GS, 81.1 IP, 57 H, 35 BB, 81 K, .201 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Had his best outing of the year, allowing just three hits and striking out eight K-State hitters in eight-complete innings of work in Saturday’s 2-1 A&M win over the Wildcats. Newmann walked just one and allowed only four runners to reach scoring position. He was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.

Against Texas: Newmann has never pitched against the Longhorns.

GAME 3

TBD

PROBABLE TEXAS PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

James Russell - Junior - LHP

8-3, 3.53 ERA, 89.1 IP, 85 H, 81 K, 25 BB

GAME 2

Adrian Alaniz - Junior - RHP

12-2, 2.37 ERA, 91.0 IP, 65 H, 81 K, 24 BB

GAME 3

TBD

PROJECTED A&M STARTING POSITION PLAYERS

Pos. Name Bats Quick Notes

C: Craig Stinson R Started 40 games behind the plate and seven at DH ... career .280 hitter who is currently hitting a career-high .325.

Josh Stinson L 13 starts behind the plate … has also seen action at first base.

1B: Darby Brown L Started 28 games at first ... had surgery on his hand and looks to be back by the Big 12 or NCAAs.

Spencer Jackson R 13 starts at first base ... also used as a defensive replacement at first.

2B: Parker Dalton R 45 starts at second base, including each of the last 37 games ... hit safely in 34 of the last 40 games.

3B: Blake Stouffer S Big 12 and National Player of the Year candidate ... leads the team with 70 RBI … has seen time at third, right, and first.

SS: Brandon Hicks R Started every game at short ... has three lead-off home runs this year ... five for his last 10 at the plate.

LF: Ben Feltner S 21-game hitting streak earlier this year ... started every game but one in left … 28-30 in stolen bases.

CF: Kyle Colligan R Started all but four games in center … can cover a lot of ground in the outfield.

Daman Aaron L Six starts in right, two in center and one in left ... often used as a defensive replacement in the outfield.

RF: Brodie Greene R 11 starts in right, five at second base, three at third ... was hit by a pitch in the face that required stiches against Oklahoma State.

Luke Anders L 32 starts at DH, 10 in right, one at first … 28 RBI in the last 29 games.

Kirkland Rivers L Two starts in center and three in right ... started all three games in the outfield against DBU.

DH: Anders, Jackson, C. Stinson, J. Stinson, Brown

SERIES INFORMATION

TEXAS A&M vs. TEXAS

All-Time Series Record: Texas Leads, 218-116-5

Last 10 Games: Texas LEads, 8-2

Big 12 Games (excluding Big 12 Tournament): Texas Leads, 18-12

Pre-Big 12 Games: Texas Leads, 196-102-5

Big 12 Tournament: Texas Leads, 2-4

Last Series: Last year was the second series sweep by Texas over Texas A&M since the Big 12 began in 1997. The first two games were close as the Horns won 5-3 and 6-5. UT easily handled A&M in the final game, 6-1.

Other: A&M has played Texas more times on the diamond than they have played any other school. In fact, the Aggies and Horns have met 339 times and the next closest is Baylor with 296 games against the Aggies. Of the 10 Big 12 series played between A&M and UT, the team with two home games has won the series just four times. Texas has seven series wins since 1997 and Texas A&M has three. Two of the three Aggie series wins were when Texas had the home-field advantage (1999 and 2003). Texas A&M (1998 & 1999) and Texas (2002, 2004 & 2006) have combined for five of the 10 Big 12 regualr-season titles.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Texas A&M Category Texas

Offensive

.323 Avg. .316

393 (7.42) Runs (P/G) 378 (7.13)

99 (1.87) 2B (P/G) 111 (2.09)

14 (0.26) 3B (P/G) 23 (0.43)

55 (1.04) HR (P/G) 59 (1.13)

.483 Slg. % .505

208 (3.92) BB (P/G) 223 (4.21)

361 (6.81) K (P/G) 311 (5.87)

.405 OB % .406

123 (2.32) SB (P/G) 74 (1.40)

Pitching

3.91 ERA 3.39

15 Saves 11

181 (3.42) BB (P/G) 146 (2.75)

414 (7.81) K (P/G) 376 (7.09)

2.29:1 K:BB 2.58:1

.248 Opp. BA .245

Defensive

.961 Fldg. % .978

51 (0.96) DPs (P/G) 41 (0.78)

37-60 (0.62) SBs (%) 34-49 (0.69)